Waiting in vain

2012-01-25 12:13

In the 1970s they predicted flying cars - flying cars by the year 2000.

Now I guess it's a bit late to hold companies to promises of flying cars and personal robots made over 30 years ago, but I'd like some revolutionary technology now - please.

Here we are in the second decade of a new millennium and we get toys, but very little in the way of cutting edge technology.

The car has gone through radical changes in more than a hundred years of development, but at its core, it remains a technological dinosaur, compared with the progress made in other areas.

Can you just imagine if were still using propeller-engined aeroplanes to fly? But with pressurised cabins and reclining seats?

Or how about steam trains with laptop docks, and carriages with BlueTooth?

But with cars we get multiple airbags and traction control to make driving idiot proof (not that successfully) but it's still a lumbering, carbon-chomping, expensive fossil.

I'm tired of waiting for promises of a revolution only to see it get sidelined by industry intent on maintaining the status quo - keeping us slaves to measured control.

It's not only on the digital end of the spectrum that I'd like to see some faster progress. The home front has plenty of opportunities to radically adapt.

Washing machines that use no consumables. And clothes with fibres that straighten themselves, as well as warm or cool you automatically.

It would be cool to have those shades that not only adapt to changing light conditions (yawn) but also expand your vision so that when you look down the street, you get a display of the phone numbers of businesses, where your friends are located, times of public transport and a map of your location.

That might be too much for some. But it should be available by now.

Instead we get spinner rims (oh save us), the Tamagotchi (a sin for another blog) and Heelys (ultimate con if I ever saw one).

We are too accepting and meek in modern society. It has resulted in mediocrity because we don't demand excellence from industry and, indeed, from ourselves.

Until we choose to do difficult things and accept challenges that some may regard as impossible, we will continue to waddle and revolutionary changes that have the ability to move society in a different direction will always be a bridge to far.

In the meantime, I'd like my electric car with solar backup that fully charges in three minutes, with a range of 500km, a top speed of 200km/h, and cheaper than a Tata Indica - now please. It doesn't even have to fly.

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